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The Apocryphal Old Testament Collection of the most important non-canonical Old Testament books designed for general use.

Chapter XXXVI

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1And when I had said this I fell asleep there; and I saw a vision in the night. 2And lo, a forest of trees planted on a plain, with high mountains and steep cliffs all round it; and the forest covered most of the plain. 3And lo, alongside it there grew up a vine, and from underneath it issued a softly-flowing stream. 4And when the stream reached the forest it became a raging torrent, and its waves submerged the forest and in a moment uprooted nearly all the trees that were in the forest and undermined the mountains that were round about it. 5And the topmost branches of the forest were laid low, and the peaks of the mountains crumbled; 1 Lit. ‘were laid low’. and the waters from the stream increased more and more, so that nothing was left of that great forest but a single cedar. 6And when they had beaten down and destroyed and uprooted all the other trees that were in the forest, so that nothing was left of it, nor could the place where once it had been be recognized, then the vine came with the stream, very quietly and unobtrusively, to a place not far from where the cedar was lying; and the stricken cedar found itself close to the vine. 2 Lit. ‘and they brought the cedar that had been cast down to it’. 7And I looked, and lo, the vine opened its mouth and spoke and said to the cedar, Are you not the cedar that was left of the forest of wickedness, by whose means wickedness persisted and flourished all those years, and goodness never? 8You kept conquering what was not yours, and you showed no pity towards what was not yours: you kept extending your power over those who were far distant from you, and those who were near you, you held fast in the toils of your wickedness; and always you carried yourself proudly as if you could never be uprooted. 9But now your time has gone by and your hour is come. 10So, cedar, go the way of the forest, which has gone before you, and be reduced to dust like it, and let all your ashes be mingled together. 11Recline now in anguish and take your ease in torment till your last hour comes, when you will come back again and be tormented even more.

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1 Lit. ‘were laid low’.

2 Lit. ‘and they brought the cedar that had been cast down to it’.

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